Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem, achievement motivation, and peak performance. [www.jackcanfield.com]
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and the author of twelve books. [www.huffingtonpost.com]
Seth Godin is a prominent author, blogger and speaker. [www.squidoo.com/linchpin]
Krishna Kaur is the founder of YOGA for Youth, a program that takes yoga, meditation, and stimulating discussions on the philosophy of yoga to urban youth. [www.yogaforyouth.org]
Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He is also a political and social activist and philanthropist. [www.normanlear.com]
Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and an environmental activist who uses her voice in the number one spectator sport in America as a catalyst for change. [www.leilanimunter.com]
By going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders, Kevin Bales exposed modern slavery’s penetration into the global economy. He co-founded Free the Slaves, which has helped to liberate thousands of slaves. [www.freetheslaves.net]
Sophie Chiche, founder of lifebyme.com, is the single mom of an amazing 16-year-old, Leah, and wicked step-mom of 22-year-old, Sarah. They all live in LA. You can find them boxing, cooking, collaging, hosting brunches, laughing their head off or bickering over who’s washing and who’s drying the dishes.
Entrepreneur and writer Mastin Kipp founded TheDailyLove.com, which merges pop culture with inspiration, and co-founded The Love Yourself Company, an apparel company that has started a global self-esteem movement. [www.TheDailyLove.com]
Liz Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is Chairman of The Elders, a group of world leaders who address some of the world's most pressing problems. He works energetically for human-rights and in his ministry. [www.tutu.org]
Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a group dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. [www.womenforwomen.org]
Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He’s a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]
Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]
Simon Mainwaring is an ex-Nike/Wieden creative, former Worldwide Creative Director at Motorola/Ogilvy, branding/advertising writer, author/speaker/blogger, Australian, idea geek. [www.simonmainwaring.com]
Shannon Bindler is a style editor, life coach, and the co-founder of Get Up Girl, an empowerment company that inspires women to shine. [www.getupgirl.com]
Grammy-nominated art director/designer/photographer Mathieu Bitton has designed over 450 CDs and movie posters. He’s a renowned collector of and authority on black films and their soundtracks. [www.candytangerine.com]
Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com
This is the first time in my life I’m doing something for more than just myself. I’ve finally found a purpose and it gets me up in the morning. It literally makes me jump out of bed.
I’ve had businesses before, but I’ve never felt like this before. The way I come at my work now is completely different, and how I feel is completely different. I still work long hours, but even being tired from working a lot feels different because what I’m doing has a positive potential impact on people’s lives.
My turning point came when I realized I couldn’t keep doing what I was doing before. Now, for the first time in my life, I could actually could see myself doing this and still loving it for the next 20 years.
A lot of women want to build their own business, to build something that has purpose and passion behind it. But then there’s fear and uncertainty and worry – Oh, my God! What if it doesn’t work? – and failure, and all of that. To be able to see and listen to another person, another woman entrepreneur or a business coach, talk about their own journey, including talking about their fears and worries and how they were able to get to the other side makes the unknown and the whole experience and process of becoming an entrepreneur a little easier.
It’s important for people to understand how being an entrepreneur works in the real world. The people I interview are still figuring things out. It’s not helpful to make people believe that success happens overnight, without sacrifices. Dedication and passion are involved.
Every interview I do gives me an opportunity to learn and to deal with my own fear monsters. We all have them. Once, when my life was bleak, someone gave me an analogy that really helped. When things aren’t going great, it’s like you’re on the edge of a cliff. You’ve looked to your right to find the answers, but they weren’t there. You’ve looked to the left and they weren’t there either. You looked to the past, but found no answers. So what you need to do is jump off that cliff. When you do, you’ll realize you can fly. Leaping, regardless of fears, doubts, and worries brings a feeling of liberation.
I believe in myself and that voice inside, and I fly.
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joy recoverer. conscious coach. relationship aficionado.
Trent Blanchard shares words of encouragement, motivation, and inspiration in corporate America and in high schools around the country via his private coaching practice. He helps remove whatever gets in the way of living a life of JOY. [www.trentblanchard.com]
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